FANS SHOULD HAVE BIGGER SAY IN FOOTBALL
Secondly, they tend to be physically strong teams who are able to stay the course – teams who can drive through 17 games in 86 days without even considering that they ‘ought’ to feel ‘tired’ at the end of a long season, teams filled with players who love playing football and who just want to win the next game.
Most teams in most divisions have good quality players at the level. The biggest difference can be found in these two facets of performance.
In days gone by, these were Manchester United’s days. Sir Alex Ferguson had his teams ready to attack games with that positive mentality and a vibrant energy, forged at Carrington and driven the length and breadth of the country. United ran on; United ran strong.
It is easy to look towards the end of a season and prepare for the summer break. But the break is not worth having if you don’t arrive there with absolutely every ounce of blood and sweat left in every shirt that leaves a field in every game. These are the days for teams who want to stand up and be counted to stand up and be counted.
These are the days for the best to separate themselves from the rest. I ARGUED in the week that the England manager should be voted in by season ticket holders from the top 92 professional clubs in England.
In my view, those hard-core fans would have brought Brian Clough into the hot-seat back in the day and it is a football tragedy that we never saw Clough’s mercurial talent leading our nation to glory. A total of 54 per cent of talkSPORT listeners went with me in a marginal victory for my argument.
I’d make much more use of season ticket holders, too. They are a significant group of people in the world of football; these are fully committed, fully invested people, with a serious and deep-rooted passion and commitment to the game.
Although there will always be competitive influences that affect certain opinions from within their number, I’d tend to trust the voice that emerged from the collective.
The fans have a proper feel for the game. They know ultimately what is right and wrong for the game in our country.
I sincerely believe that if the people drove key decisions in the people’s game, we’d end up with a stronger national sport; I have absolutely no doubt.